Nicole Richie Wins Restraining Order Against Photographer

NEW YORK (CBS) – Nicole Richie has been granted a restraining order against a photographer she claims has been stalking her daughter at preschool.

The former reality TV personality and mother of two attached a photo she took of Fabricio Luis Mariotto allegedly lurking outside daughter Harlow’s school to the legal papers filed in support of the restraining order.

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TMZ reports that Richie said in her petition for the restraining order, “[Mariotto] drives erratically around my children and others, yells, screams and attempts to scare us so that he can photograph our reaction. He trespasses on preschool property to photograph the children.”

She added, “He has often left his car in the middle of a busy street just to chase me for a photograph.”

Richie, who did not appear in court on Wednesday, also wrote, “His predatory behavior caused and continues to cause severe emotional distress as I fear for the safety of my children.”

The temporary restraining order requires Mariotto to stay 100 yards away from Richie, her fiance Joel Madden and their children Harlow and Sparrow, as well as the preschool.

Last month, Richie slammed the photo agency X17 in a post on her official website, claiming that photographers were stalking her children and waiting outside their school.

“Thank you so much for posting the video of your employees sitting outside of my daughter’s school, because now the entire world can see how creepy and disgusting you are,” she wrote in an official blog post addressed to the celebrity photo agency. “You do not get to spend 200 dollars on a camera, and think that gives you a free pass to shadow my child. These are strangers, grown men, stalking young children. You think that’s ok?”

The celebrity mom also threatened to have the paparazzi, who she claimed are from the X17 agency, arrested if they continue to “stalk” her children outside of their school. “If I find out anyone has a suspended, restricted or invalid license, I will have them thrown in jail before they can pick up the phone and call their lawyers.”

“You should be ashamed of yourselves,” she wrote in all caps. Closing before writing her name, she wrote: “consider this a warning.”

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